Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means. See Synonyms at wile.
  • n. A mischievous action; a prank.
  • n. A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act or performance.
  • n. A peculiar trait or characteristic; a mannerism: "Mimicry is the trick by which a moth or other defenseless insect comes to look like a wasp” ( Marston Bates).
  • n. A peculiar event with unexpected, often deceptive results: "One of history's cruelest tricks is to take words that sounded good at the time and make them sound pretty stupid” ( David Owen).
  • n. A deceptive or illusive appearance; an illusion: a trick of sunlight.
  • n. A special skill; a knack: Is there a trick to getting this window to stay up?
  • n. A convention or specialized skill peculiar to a particular field of activity: learned the tricks of the winemaking trade.
  • n. A feat of magic or legerdemain.
  • n. A difficult, dexterous, or clever act designed to amuse.
  • n. Games All the cards played in a single round, one from each player.
  • n. Games One such round.
  • n. A period or turn of duty, as at the helm of a ship.
  • n. Slang A prison term.
  • n. Slang An act of prostitution.
  • n. Slang A prostitute's customer.
  • n. Slang A session carried out by a prostitute with a client.
  • n. Slang A robbery or theft.
  • transitive v. To cheat or deceive or to practice trickery or deception.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving tricks.
  • adj. Capable of performing tricks: a trick dog.
  • adj. Designed or made for doing a trick or tricks: trick cards; trick dice.
  • adj. Weak, defective, or liable to fail: a trick knee.
  • out Informal To ornament or adorn, often garishly: was all tricked out in beads and fringe.
  • idiom do To bring about the desired result.
  • idiom how's tricks Informal Used to make a friendly inquiry about a person or that person's affairs.
  • idiom not miss a trick To be extremely alert: The teacher was known for not missing a trick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Stylish or cool.
  • n. Something designed to fool or swindle.
  • n. A single piece (or business) of a magician's (or any variety entertainer's) act.
  • n. An effective, clever or quick way of doing something.
  • n. A sequence in which each player plays a card and a winning play is determined.
  • n. An act of prostitution. Generally used with turn.
  • n. A customer to a prostitute.
  • n. An entertaining or difficult physical action.
  • n. A daily period of work, especially in shift-based jobs.
  • v. To fool; to cause to believe something untrue.
  • v. To draw (as opposed to blazon - to describe in words).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artifice or stratagem; a cunning contrivance; a sly procedure, usually with a dishonest intent.
  • n. A sly, dexterous, or ingenious procedure fitted to puzzle or amuse.
  • n. Mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank.
  • n. A particular habit or manner; a peculiarity; a trait.
  • n. A knot, braid, or plait of hair.
  • n. The whole number of cards played in one round, and consisting of as many cards as there are players.
  • n. A turn; specifically, the spell of a sailor at the helm, -- usually two hours.
  • n. A toy; a trifle; a plaything.
  • transitive v. To deceive by cunning or artifice; to impose on; to defraud; to cheat.
  • transitive v. To dress; to decorate; to set off; to adorn fantastically; -- often followed by up, off, or out.
  • transitive v. To draw in outline, as with a pen; to delineate or distinguish without color, as arms, etc., in heraldry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deceive by trickery; cozen; cheat.
  • To bring, render, or induce by trickery; beguile; inveigle; cajole.
  • To use trickery, deception, or imposture.
  • To juggle; play.
  • To toy; handle idly.
  • n. A crafty or fraudulent device; a deceitful expedient; an artifice; a stratagem.
  • n. A feat or an exhibition of skill or dexterity, as in juggling or sleight of hand.
  • n. A roguish or mischievous performance; a prank; a practical joke; a hoax.
  • n. A foolish, vicious, or disgraceful act: with disparaging or contemptuous force.
  • n. A peculiar art; skill; adroitness; knack.
  • n. A peculiar trait, manner, habit, or practice; a characteristic; a peculiarity; a mannerism.
  • n. A trace; a suggestion; a reminder.
  • n. Something pretended or unreal; a semblance; an illusion.
  • n. Any small article; a toy; a knickknack; a trifle; a trap; a mere nothing: sometimes applied to a child.
  • n. In card-playing, the cards collectively which are played in one round.
  • n. Nautical, a spell: a turn; the time allotted to a man to stand at the helm, generally two hours.
  • n. A watch. Tuft's Glossary of Thieves' Jargon (1798).
  • n. Synonyms Manœuver, Stratagem, etc. (see artifice), fraud, imposition, imposture, deception, fetch.
  • To dress; trim; deck; prank; specifically, to arrange, dress, or decorate, especially in a fanciful way, as the person or the hair: often followed by out or up.
  • In heraldry: To draw, as a bearing or a collection of bearings, or a whole escutcheon or achievement of arms.
  • Especially, to draw in black and white only, without color, or to sketch slightly, whether a bearing or a whole achievement.
  • n. An obsolete form of trig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
  • n. a prostitute's customer
  • n. a period of work or duty
  • n. (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner
  • n. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  • n. a cunning or deceitful action or device
  • n. an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent
  • v. deceive somebody

Etymologies

Middle English trik, from Old North French trique, from trikier, to deceive, probably from Vulgar Latin *triccāre, from Latin trīcārī, to play tricks, from trīcae, tricks.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Either from Old Northern French trique (related to Old French trichier; French: tricher), from Middle High German trechen ("to launch a shot at, play a trick on"); Or from Dutch trek ("a pull, draw, trick"), from trekken ("to draw"), from Middle Dutch trekken, trēken ("to pull, place, put, move"), from Old Dutch *trekkan, *trekan (“to move, drag”), from Proto-Germanic *trakjanan, *trikanan (“to drag, scrape, pull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dreg- (“to drag, scrape”). Cognate with Low German trekken, Middle High German trecken, trechen, Danish trække, and Old Frisian trekka. Compare track, treachery, trig, and trigger. (Wiktionary)

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